New Corsa gets turned on its head!

When Vauxhall commissioned British artist Alex Chinneck to create a piece inspired by the New Corsa, he aimed high, suspending the car 15 feet in the air at London’s Southbank Centre.

The sculpture, titled ‘Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together’, turned a parking space on its head, peeling back 15 metres of arching tarmac to turn the car upside-down as it grips the curling road.


“I see sculpture as the physical reinterpretation of the material world around us…”

Alex Chinneck said: “I see sculpture as the physical reinterpretation of the material world around us, so by introducing fictional narratives into familiar scenarios, I try to make everyday situations as extraordinary as they can be. I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility.

“With an effortlessly curling road, I hoped to transcend the material nature of tarmac and stone, giving these typically inflexible materials an apparent fluidity. Vauxhall allowed me a great amount of creative freedom and this collaboration offered my studio an exciting platform to explore new areas of engineering and fabrication”.

After making Covent Garden hover with 2014’s work ‘Take My Lightning, But Don’t ’t Steal My Thunder’ and ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p’, where a house in Southwark gradually melted to the ground, Alex wanted to create a public installation of significant sculptural and theatrical impact, which complemented the new Corsa’s design.

Mark Adams, Head of Design at Vauxhall, said: “The installation certainly celebrated the new Corsa as a ball of energy – a small car with a big heart. Alex Chinneck’s work is astounding; he’s an amazing British sculptor who creates illusionary structures with the most in-depth engineering and design.”

The sculpture was produced by Alex and a team of structural engineers, steel benders, scenic artists, metal workers, carpenters, tarmac layers and road painters, creating an object that was designed to occupy the absolute maximum UK road-legal dimensions, so it could be installed overnight.

“Simple in concept yet structurally, technically and logistically complex, this project delivered an experience that could be appreciated by different people for different reasons. While I was most excited by the hidden engineering and complex manipulation of concealed steel, others simply enjoyed the accessible theatricality of the illusion at play,” said Alex Chinneck.

To view behind-the-scenes film of the project and its installation, visit